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The Trump administration will be soon terminating temporary protected status for more than 310,000 people, according to Congressional Research Service estimates ― 98 percent of the total number of people who had the status under the previous administration.

The latest addition to this, was announced Sunday, are around 57,000 Hondurans who have lived in the U.S. for years and which now must either leave or face deportation, the Trump administration announced on Friday in its latest move to strip immigrants of temporary legal protections.

The decision comes as the Trump administration is stepping up efforts to deter other Hondurans from coming to the U.S. to seek asylum.

In January, the administration said it would end TPS for about 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. It did the same in November for about 46,000 Haitians. Thousands of people from Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan were also told to leave or find legal status since Trump became president.

Those affected by the decision have been protected from deportation by what’s known as temporary protected status, which allows immigrants to stay in the U.S. after their countries are hit by an environmental disaster, epidemic, ongoing armed conflict or other extraordinary conditions. This is the latest of in a string of moves by the Department of Homeland Security to terminate TPS protections for groups of immigrants.

DHS typically terminates TPS for a country with an effective date in the future so people can get their affairs in order. Honduran TPS holders will have until January 2020 before their protections expire.

Source – Huffington Post